I enjoy the Weakerthans and Cheap Girls. I don’t really listen to much other contemporary music that would be comparable to either those bands. I’ve just found myself becoming less and less interested in most music that might, for lack of better descriptors, have passed for emo or pop punk over the last ten years or so. And those two bands in particular, in my opinion, have stood head and shoulders above many of their contemporaries. Smith Street Band seems to fall somewhere in between Weakerthans and Cheap Girls and I can’t help but think that this just makes me want to listen to the two that I already have and already like.
–Jeff Proctor (Poison City)